Midwest Aerial Key Personnel
Over 100 Years of Combined Experience in Aerial Imaging
At Midwest Aerial, we believe that quality products are the result of working with the best people and the latest technologies. Our staff includes professionals with more than 100 years of combined experienced in every phase of aerial film and image acquisition.
36 Years of Experience
Ken Scruggs founded Midwest Aerial Photography in Columbus, Ohio, in 1989. As the owner, he is responsible for contract administration and project management of aerial photogrammetric missions supporting GIS, remote sensing, orthophotography, and planimetric/topography mapping. Ken is active in all aspects of aerial acquisition, serving as an aerial survey pilot, film camera and digital sensor operator, flight planner, and trainer. He has played a pivotal role in developing methodologies related to sensor operations, airborne GPS, new technology integration, imaging processing, and quality control that have earned Midwest Aerial a reputation for reliable acquisition of high-quality imagery.
Ken has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Aerial Photography Field Office, Z/I Imaging, and the U.S. National Air and Space Intelligence Center providing expertise on topics related to digital image collection and application. Prior to founding Midwest Aerial in 1989, Ken supervised aerial photography and photo lab operations for a photogrammetry company in Ohio. His academic training is in Engineering Technology from Miami University of Ohio and Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. His hobbies include photography, flying, sailing, history, and travel.
Ken is presently Vice-President of the Eastern Great Lakes Region of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
Business Development Manager
39 Years of Experience
David Balster joined Midwest Aerial Photography as Business Development Manager in 2010 bringing with him 33 years of aerial survey, photogrammetry, and project management experience. Immediately prior to joining us, David spent 12 years as a photogrammetric and geospatial project manager overseeing acquisition contracts in both the public and private sectors. In addition to these duties, he oversaw the implementation of new technologies such as LiDAR, Mobile RTK Scanning, and Digital Image Acquisition. Since joining Midwest, Mr. Balster has been involved with client development and project management for the USACE, Departments of Transportation in Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Texas and Kentucky along with numerous countywide GIS image project. Early in his career, David logged more than 20,000 hours as an aerial photographer in a variety of aircraft from the Cessna 206 to the Lear Jet, using a wide range of Leica and Zeiss aerial cameras. He has extensive experience with our flight planning and image acquisition software system. David earned a Political Science Degree from the University of Minnesota.
Flight Operations Manager
10 Years of Experience
Josh Hammons has served as Midwest Aerial’s Flight Ops Manager since July of 2012. With experience in multiple areas of aerial survey image acquisition, Josh is primarily responsible for coordination of flight crew operations, including scheduling of pilots and camera operators, coordination of aircraft maintenance, airspace coordination, and hiring flight crew members. Josh is an experienced pilot with over 7000 total flight hours; 6000 of which were obtained executing photo missions. He is also an experienced camera operator with over 3500 hours as photographer; 10 years on Zeiss film systems and 6 years operating Zeiss/Intergraph DMCII sensor systems. Josh earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aviation with a specialization in Aircraft Systems from The Ohio State University.
Dale L. Verges, PMP
34 Years of Experience
Dale Verges brings more than 30 years of aerial acquisition, photogrammetry and project management experience to Midwest Aerial. With more than 12,000 hours in the air as an aerial photographer, Dale has experience in all aspects of photogrammetric mapping including project planning, flight planning, ground control surveys, digital image processing, remote sensing, GPS data processing, LiDAR production, digital orthoimage production and GIS/planimetric/ topographic mapping. Mr Verges served as a photogrammetric Project Manager for Sanborn Map Co. from 2004 through 2011, and managed all aspects of the project life-cycle. Dale holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate and earned his degree in Management from Northwest Missouri State University.
10 Years of Experience
As Financial Controller, Tracy Rivers is responsible for accurately reporting on the company’s financial position for management and taxation purposes. Tracy also manages the Human Resources function at Midwest, including maintaining employee records and overseeing payroll.